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#RenameRadcliffe

Today (14th August) is Pakistani Independence Day, marking 73 years since the partition of British India into India, Pakistan and what is known today as Bangladesh.

As a global institution, the University of Warwick has a duty to confront its colonial past and acknowledge the violent colonial legacies of figures that are celebrated on campus. Radcliffe Conference Centre is named after Cyril Radcliffe, the first Chancellor of Warwick University, who was also responsible for drawing up the borders in 1947. The new borders that were imposed led to the death and displacement of up to 16 million people.

The SU is therefore launching a #RenameRadcliffe campaign to rename this building, and show that the University is committed to understanding and acknowledging its own past. Students can show their support by adding the Twibbon to their social media profile pictures and posting about the campaign using the #RenameRadcliffe hashtag.

What is #RenameRadcliffe?

#RenameRadcliffe is a campaign to rename the Radcliffe Conference Centre on the Warwick University campus.

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Why today? 

Today (14th August) is Pakistani Independence Day, marking 73 years since the partition of British India into India, Pakistan and what is known today as Bangladesh.

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Why Radcliffe? 

The conference centre is named after Cyril Radcliffe, the first Chancellor of Warwick University, who was also responsible for drawing up the borders in 1947. The new borders that were imposed led to the deaths and displacement of up to 16 million people.

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Why is it important?

As a global institution, the University of Warwick has a duty to confront its colonial past and present. Renaming the centre is one small way in which the university can show that they understand their past and acknowledge the violent colonial legacies of figures that are celebrated on campus. 

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What can you do? 

Share this post, click the twibbon link to use the profile picture frame all over social media and use the hashtag #RenameRadcliffe to show your support! 

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Further reading [Content Notice: violence, bloodshed, sexual violence] 

How the Partition of India happened – and why its effects are still felt today by Sarah Ansari

The Blood Never Dried, A People’s History of the British Empire by John Newsinger 

Accounts to follow

@brownhistory_ 
@1947partition 

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